As the procurer of content for Lister Hill Library, I always look forward to my day spent in the exhibit hall at the annual Medical Library Association meeting. This year’s conference was held in Seattle, Washington and I spent a rainy afternoon checking out the latest online content resources to support education, research and patient care.
Can your MEDLINE (or PubMed) do this? My exhibit floor favorite is the new visual MEDLINE search filter created by Unbound Medicine. It’s called Grapherence. The product is due out June 19th . Expect Lister Hill Library to trial the filter later this summer. I think you’ll like it!
A new exhibitor at the meeting, MD Conference Express, publishes the highlights from major medical conferences throughout the world. Look for Lister Hill Library to offer a trial to the UAB community shortly and let me know if this kind of content is helpful in preparing grant applications or keeping up with the latest in medical trials.
Another product of interest, BioBase, is an online compendium of several specialized databases in the biological sciences and medicine. What makes BioBase different from other web sites is that it focuses on assisting the scientist in interpreting their experimental data at the bench. This tool was created for bioinformaticians, computational biologists and genetists. My initial thought is that those associated with the CCTS might appreciate this product. Lister Hill will offer a trial to the UAB community later this summer.
The hot talk on the exhibit floor was ClinicalKey from Elsevier Health. It’s a multifaceted clinical information platform that supports research, learning, and point of care decision making. The search engine, designed as a clinical insight tool used to discover the most relevant medical content, allows for intuitive searching through controlled medical taxonomy. ClinicalKey contains expert opinion content as well as the FirstConsult mobile application containing evidence-based information. ClinicalKey is marketed as a replacement for the aging MD Consult platform, and includes more content and a faster speed-to-answer retrieval. The UAB community has a trial to ClinicalKey until July 2. Let me know if its thumbs up or down for ClinicalKey by fillling out this short anonymous survey.
The AMA Publishing Group released the JAMA Network on May 14, 2012. You’ll find JAMA and the Archives in journals now at jamanetwork.com. Expect the Archives in titles to be renamed in 2013.
The American Academy of Pediatrics started a new quarterly medical journal for pediatric hospitalists called Hospital Pediatrics. The first issue is currently available. Please let me know if you find the journal’s content particularly useful to your clinical practice.
Annual Reviews will release a new series next year called Annual Review of Animal & Veterinary Biosciences. The first volume will be published in March 2013 and the UAB Libraries will have access to the online issues.
F1000 Research, the latest venture from Faculty of 1000, is in the midst of developing an open access site that offers immediate publication of papers by way of post-peer review. F1000 Research touts itself as a fully Open Access Publishing program in the biological sciences and medicine with its goal to disseminate research and data in real-time.
I missed the Kaplan Medicine and USMLE World booths, but will follow up with both vendors about possible trials. Traditionally, these vendors only sold directly to students, so I’m excited that they’re entering the library market. Stay tuned!
Please feel free to contact me at Twitter if you’d like the library to trial a product that would improve your success at UAB. I’m at @lizlorbeer. You can also fill out the Purchase Recommendation Form. And, if I missed your product, let me know. I’m always in search of the best content tools for the UAB health sciences community.
Associate Director for Content Management